The UN warns Kenya over the recent blood attack on peaceful protesters. The human rights body (UNHCHR) under UN said it is “worried by the growing violence rounding up the weekly protests” in the country.
In a statement, the UNHCHR called on authorities to “respect the right to assemble peacefully,” and also on the demonstrators to remain peaceful. US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has also tweeted that “Dialogue is needed now.”
“Deeply concerned by violence around IEBC demonstrations. I urge authorities to show restraint and all to be peaceful”.
In response, deputy president got engaged in the discussion and replied the US ambassador to Kenya’s tweet saying;
Agreed. Protests breeds bloodshed, destruction & anarchy Structured talks in Parliament is the constitutional option https://t.co/7Fswxa9J8t
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) May 24, 2016
Deputy President William Ruto had last week said protests were not in conformity with the law on the basis that police were not given sufficient warning. He had added:
“Peaceful protests are safeguarded and provided for by the constitution.”
Mr Ruto also said that police who were caught on camera assaulting demonstrators – an act which has erupted a public outcry over the alleged brutality – “will bface disciplinary action”. Those who “jeopardised the rights of other Kenyans will face the full force of the law,” he said.
A police investigation into the officers’ behaviour is ongoing.
Police have confirmed that three people died as protesters and police clashed in different parts of the country on Monday. Nine people have been charged to a court in Nairobi for participating in the illegal demonstration.
Cities across the country were stuck by opposition protests yesterday over the questionable status of the electoral commission. Many got injured while scores are said to be in critical condition.
Twenty-eight police officers were injured during the opposition protests in the western city of Kisumu. They are expected to arrive at Wilson Airport in the capital, Nairobi, later this afternoon, government spokesman Eric Kiraithe told a media briefing.
The officers are being flown in for treatment, he added.
Last week, there were complaints of police brutality as officers were pictured assaulting demonstrators in the capital, Nairobi. Please recall that this marks the fourth week of protests over the electoral commission.